Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
The student, after researching major news stories, will identify a cultural, community, or societal problem, and will collaborate with others to create a response to the problem from two distinct perspectives via a dance composition.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
Students should know how to use the internet to search and find information.
Students should have prior knowledge of cultural and historical performances that have impacted concepts in contemporary dance.
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
- What is artistic literacy?
- How does our awareness of societal, cultural, historical and community issues expand artistic dance literacy?
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
The teacher will lead a discussion reviewing dance movement characteristics, techniques, and artistic criteria related to the ideas and perspectives of the peoples from which the dances originate, and how the analysis of all of the above has the potential to expand one’s artistic/dance literacy.
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
Accessing the Internet, students will work independently to research major news stories that, in their opinion, have a serious cultural, community or societal impact. Students will be reminded to maintain a list of their sources.
Teacher will divide students in small groups of two to five students to determine the most viable story for the dance composition.
Students will present in writing individual research references.
Students will describe in writing reasons for choosing the specific news story for group exploration.
Students will describe in writing the problem statement/topic issue.
Students will create, rehearse, and refine dance compositions referencing the news story from two different perspectives.
Students will demonstrates standards related to etiquette, and performance during class.
Students should be sure to keep a list of sources they have found.
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
Research and rehearsal might involve time after school.
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Teacher will probe students to make certain they are on the right track in acquiring the new skills and reaching desired learning outcomes.
Check written assignments and provide feedback in writing.
Provide verbal feedback for work in progress
With knowledge of the learners, the teacher will design performance rubric addressing the technical skills, performance skills, choreographic structure, and the response to the issue/topic from two perspectives.
Teacher will design student self-assessment questions.
Teacher will design student peer assessment forms.
Feedback to Students
Students will receive feedback from the teacher as they monitor each students' progress.